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February Favorites—IM BACK!

6 Mar

Hellooo beauties! I feel like it has been forever and a day since I have made a post but I am excited to be back in the blogging business! Now that life is back on track, I am more excited than ever to bring you my February favorites. And since I have been gone for so long, a lot of these products have been general winter favorites- including a bunch of new holy grail products. Lets get into it….

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1. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation– This is such a great foundation for the dry winter months because it gives me a nice luminous glow without looking like a cake face. I usually mix it with my beloved Revlon Colorstay for some extra coverage and the mix of those both has been amazing.

2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette- I originally purchased this palette in the summer but never even paid attention to it. For the past couple weeks I have been using it everyday and am seriously impressed with all the looks I can get out of it. The eye look I have been doing almost every single day is Foxy (matte creme) on my lids and Tease (matte cool brown) in the crease. Sometimes I’ll add Busted into the outer V for some more definition as well. I highly recommend this palette over the Naked 1- especially if you are into neutral shades.

3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner- I honestly don’t know how I went through life without this liner. It’s super black, with a very thin tip and it makes application so easy. I think it was about $20 at Sephora and worth every penny.

4. Maybelline Illegal Length Mascara- If you need some serious lengthening for your lashes, you need to get your hands on this mascara! When wearing this I have been asked several times if I was wearing fake lashes- what a compliment.

5. Josie Maran Argon Oil- I’m sure you are familiar with the oil craze in the beauty world. I finally gave into thise product and am pretty glad I did. It has become a staple in my nighttime routine as I usually put some on my cuticles and run it through my hair for some nourishment. I have heard that you can use it as a face moisturizer too but I havent been ballsy enough to try that yet!

6. Revlon Photo Ready Perfecting Primer- I picked this up on a whim at Rite Aid when Revlon products were 40% off. To my surprise, it has quickly become my favorite face primer as of this moment and has a very similar consistency to the Too Face Poreless Primer. It leaves my makeup looking matte without making me cakey- and I absolutely love it!

7. L’Oreal Eye Quad in 806 Canyon Stone- So I had been lusting over the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette for weeks and every time I went into Sephora and swatched it I just couldn’t get myself to pay $27 for 5 neutral colors. I then roamed around the drugstore and came across this baby…4 all matte neutral brown shades. I have been using this quad every single day without hesitation and it is so refreshing to just do a simple matte eye look…I’m kinda over the shimmery colors.

8. Tarte Creaseless Clean Slate Eye Primer- First of all, why must they create the most obnoxiously long names for a simple eye primer? Other than that, this product has been awesome along with my MAC painterly paint pot as a base for any eye look. It stands up wonderfully on my oily eye lids!

9. Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso- What is a monthly favorites without a blush, right? I have raved before about how awesome these baked blushes are and the color Luminoso surely does not disappoint. It is beautiful shimmery peach with gold shimmer. The thing I love the most is that as soon as it is applied to the skin the shimmer doesn’t even show up but leaves a gorgeous sheen on the skin.

That is all for this month! Be on the lookout for more product reviews to come!

xoxo

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Blushingly Beautiful

8 Mar

I’m not even sure that blushingly is a word but I thought it sounded catchy. Wearing blush allows you to enhance the natural flush of your face without the “orange” look of a harsh bronzer. I was inspired to go through a few of my favorite blushes (which include drugstore and high-end) because as I sit here and write this it’s currently 65 degrees in Baltimore. HELLOOO SPRING!

1. ELF in Pink Passion: This color is so bright and pink that it actually makes me happier just putting it on. It’s very pigmented and doesn’t have any shimmer so it gives a nice matte look. I purchased mine at Target but the full line of ELF makeup products are available online at eyeslipsface.com

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2. Smashbox: I’m a huge fan of all Smashbox products and even though they are a bit pricey the quality is totally worth it. My two favorite colors are Heartbreak which is a coral with gold shimmer and Paradise which is a bit more of a nude-coral.

3. Lancome Blush Subtil: I have a duo compact which has the colors shimmer coral sunset and sheer peach organza. The coral sunset is a deep coral color with silver shimmer and the peach organza is a lighter peach matte. Both are beautiful and I love combining them together!

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4. Milani: I know I mentioned this in my drugstore favorites post but the Milani baked blushes come in a couple different shades and are my ultimate favorites.

Blush Application

If you are using very pigmented blushes like the ones I mentioned above, be careful with the amount you are applying! You only need a light swoosh to get a decent amount of color on your brush. Here is a good brush guideline when it comes to applying different types of blush and the look you are going for:

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So go have some fun and experiment with different colors that highlight and enhance your natural skin flush! Pinks and corals are all the rage this spring season. 

Whatever you do, don’t end up looking like this girl…

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Beauty on a Budget

24 Feb

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.” -Yves Saint Laurent

There is a sudden rush I get when I find a product that I love and is inexpensive. Drugstore brands like Revlon, Maybelline, and L’Oreal are always coming out with new products to compete with fancy high-end companies. I love this time of year because as the season changes and the weather becomes warmer, these companies come out with new products to cater to our every day beauty needs. Recently I went out to stores like Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart to see what all the hype is about. Here are my favorites:

1. Milani baked blush- Um, first of all why have I not discovered this brand sooner?! I am so amazed at the quality and how pigmented this blush turned out. It is a dupe of the MAC mineralize bronzers and blushes but with a way better price. It stays on all day, isn’t too shimmery and gives a beautiful glow.

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2. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara After watching countlesss videos of makeup gurus ranting and raving about this stuff, I finally caved in and bought it. Now, I will be the first one to say that I have hated every single drugstore mascara I’ve purchased but this one really surprised me. It gave me great length and volume. It coated every lash and did not clump or crumble after wearing it all day. Highly recommended!

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3. Maybelline Smooth Mousse Foundation- Once again, I have never been satisfied with a drugstore foundation and found them to make my skin oily and breakout. I purchased this for the first time a couple months ago on a whim because I had run out of the MAC foundation I usually use. This has become my all-time favorite foundation- I seriously can not say enough good things about it! I have freckles and this gives me the perfect coverage that lasts all day. If you are looking for a medium-full coverage this is worth trying out.

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4. Revlon Colorburst Lipstick These lipsticks are super pigmented and glide on lips very smoothly. My favorite color is soft nude, which is shown in the picture below. I specifically love this shade because it’s versatile and completes any look you are going for.

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5. Tresseme Split Remedy Serum- I have a love/hate relationship with drugstore hair products and can never find anything I am truly happy with. For the past year I have been using Moroccan Oil products and although I liked them at first, I found that it made my hair ultra soft (almost too soft) and did nothing for my split ends. They’re also very pricey. So, I purchased this on a whim and I am officially obsessed with it. I applied it on the ends of my damp hair and after blowdrying and straightening it out my hair looked like I just got a fresh cut (SERIOUSLY!!) My split ends have disappeared and I hope they never come back- good riddance!

6. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush There has been a lot of different opinions on this new product but I was really excited to try it out. It has the texture of play- doh (so cool) and I purchased it in the color “rose petal” which is a soft pink. Although it is not very pigmented and I wouldn’t use it alone as a blush, it makes a great highlighter for your cheekbones.

7. Garnier Skin Renew Under Eye Concealer- This works wonders for sleep-deprived college kids like me! Super easy to roll on under your eyes and it gets rid of the dark circles and puffiness. It has become a favorite in my makeup bag.

I hope this post gives you a little insight about great products that are out there! You can get great quality without spending a fortune. Also, drugstores have sales every week and clearance sections for discontinuing colors/shades; so be on the look out for those.